Precarious Japan

ISBN-10: 0822355620
ISBN-13: 9780822355625
Edition: 2013
Authors: Anne Allison
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

In an era of irregular labor, nagging recession, nuclear contamination, and a shrinking population, Japan is facing precarious times. How the Japanese experience insecurity in their daily and social lives is the subject of Precarious Japan. Tacking between the structural conditions of socioeconomic life and the ways people are making do, or not, Anne Allison chronicles the loss of home affecting many Japanese, not only in the literal sense but also in the figurative sense of not belonging. Until the collapse of Japan's economic bubble in 1991, lifelong employment and a secure income were within reach of most Japanese men, enabling them to maintain their families in a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. Now, as fewer and fewer people are able to find full-time work, hope turns to hopelessness and security gives way to a pervasive unease. Yet some Japanese are getting by, partly by reconceiving notions of home, family, and togetherness.

Anne Allison is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of Women's Studies at Duke University.

Acknowledgments
Pain of Life
From Lifelong to Liquid Japan
Ordinary Refugeeism: Poverty, Precarity, Youth
Home and Hope
The Social Body-In Life and Death
Cultivating Fields from the Edges
In the Mud
Notes
References
Index

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